Well, it's dark and dreary looking outside, but so far Isabel consists of a few drops that landed on me in the parking lot. However, the Fed. gov't is closed and all the public transportation in the area is shutting down by 3:00 p.m.
As "backup east wing fire marshal," I have been equipped with a survival backpack that contains flashlight, batteries and such for helping people get down stairs in case of a power failure ... except I'm planning to skedaddle out of here at 12:00 myself! The last time this building had a power failure, even the backup generator and emergency lights failed, so I'm told, leaving people completely stranded in the dark. Scary stuff!
Generally, D.C. only gets hit by a hurricane every 12 years or so. I only remember one that was still a hurricane when it got here, when I was four or five, and it dropped a tree on my house. In point of fact, it dropped it in the kitchen, which then had no roof and a tree in it for the next three weeks as we had to cut the thing up and move it out of there.
I was asleep when it happened; if the tree had gone a different direction, it could easily have squashed my brother or me. I don't remember the impact at all, just the following weeks of having to climb over the tree to get in and out of the house. I occasionally had nightmares about it for several years after. Generally the nightmares consisted of me being outside, staring up at black, boiling, "evil" clouds that I could just sense wanted to kill me -- and were going to succeed.
We get a couple of tornadoes every year, but I've never actually seen
one of those. Not that I'm complaining, mind you! The thing about tornadoes, tho, is that they have a very specific track they follow ... there are a couple of counties west and north of here that always
get hit by them. Hurricanes hit the whole friggin' state at once!
So yeah, it's kind of a big deal for here. States south of here get hit by hurricanes a couple of times every year and know how to deal with it. But for us, it's a rarity -- and the people of D.C. love any excuse to panic!
Glad I've got a supply of bottled frappuccino at home. ;)
That's me, waving in the upper left